More than 250 Bechtel workers employed at Chevron’s Wheatstone project have reportedly signed a petition alleging „serious workplace bullying incidents.“The petition calls on Chevron contractor Bechtel to treat worker’s concerns with the seriousness and respect required, after a worksite manager allegedly used profanity and bullying tactics on multiple occasions when speaking to employees in an effort to offend and intimidate them, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said in a statement earlier this week.According to AMWU, the alleged behavior took place on or around the middle of July on multiple occasions and included referring to workers as “rats“ and “no better than paedophiles”.The workers petition calls on Chevron mechanical contractor Bechtel, one of the largest civil engineering and construction companies in the world to “expect a higher standard and lead by example”.The workers also state that Bechtel has failed to ensure a bully free workplace, and that they have no faith in the named manager to be able to organize and manage workers on his shift. Workers organized a mass meeting about the incidents at which 260 workers signed the petition to formalize their position.However, AMWU said, Bechtel rejected the petition, asking workers to lodge individual complaints through the disputes process.The workers have since delegated the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to represent them in this matter.AMWU State Secretary Steve McCartney said it was a disgrace that the initial concerns of workers had been brushed aside and that the manager in question was still working.“We’re not going to stand by while Bechtel bury this issue under layers of company bureaucracy that never finds an answer,” said McCartney.“Given what we know about the mental health stresses already faced by FIFO workers, it is completely unacceptable that a company with this many staff working remotely seems to have no intention of preventing behavior like this.“This is a company who ignored all the recommendations of the State Government inquiry into FIFO mental health.“They think because it’s a remote site, no one will notice. But we have noticed, and we’re going to represent these workers, because everyone deserves a safe workplace free from bullying and abuse.“This is one of the biggest projects in Australia and it’s shameful that two of the largest companies involved, Bechtel and Chevron, seemingly won’t hold its management to a higher standard.“Companies like this always welcome tougher ABCC regulations to deal with workers but won’t hold their management to account and it’s completely hypocritical.“Our members have called upon us to ensure this company treats their workers with the same level of respect they always demand of their employees, and to that end we will fight on their behalf.”Offshore Energy Today has reached out to both, Bechtel and Chevron seeking comment on these allegations.WheatstoneThe Chevron-run Wheatstone LNG project, labeled as one of Australia’s largest resource projects, will develop the Wheatstone, Iago, Julimar and Brunello offshore gas fields in Australia. The Wheatstone and nearby Iago natural gas resources are located about 200km (124 miles) north of Onslow off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast. The Julimar and Brunello fields will tie back to the central processing platform.Presenting the company’s quarterly results late in July, Chevron’s CEO John Watson said first production from the Wheatstone LNG Project “is expected next month,” that is, in August 2017.
Comments WASHINGTON – When the winner of the 2012 Tewaaraton Award was announced, Michelle Tumolo was the first person to stand up and cheer.‘From Maryland, Katie Schwarzmann,’ presenter Richie Moran announced to a packed Rasmuson Theater at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Thursday night.It wasn’t her name, but Tumolo was excited to see it go to a familiar face.‘I’m so excited and happy for Katie Schwarzmann,’ Tumolo said. ‘She’s one of my very good friends and I couldn’t be happier.’Tumolo was among five women’s finalists for the award, given to the top college lacrosse player in the country. Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, Northwestern defender Taylor Thornton and North Carolina attack Becky Lynch rounded out the group. The Syracuse junior attack helped the Orange reach the national championship game for the first time in program history and finished the season with 52 goals and 43 assists. Colgate attack Peter Baum was honored as the winner on the men’s side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite her standout campaign, Tumolo didn’t go into the night with high expectations.‘I’m actually not expecting to win – at all,’ Tumolo said before the ceremony. ‘But I mean if I do I would be really shocked and probably get up there and not know what to say. I’m just so happy to be here and really excited for everyone and whoever wins I’m just so happy for them.’Syracuse head coach Gary Gait didn’t necessarily feel the same way.While he was proud to see one of his players honored as a finalist, he said Tumolo was just as deserving as any of the five finalists to win.‘You never know who’s going to win,’ Gait said. ‘It’s hard to predict. We were hoping she would, but Michelle and what she does, I think she’s the best player in the country.’Schwarzmann can also be added to the list of Tumolo’s admirers.The two played each other earlier this season when the Orange defeated Maryland 10-9 in College Park, Md. and are teammates on the U.S. national team. Schwarzmann knows firsthand how dynamic Tumolo is.‘Michelle is a great player, and I know that from playing with her and it’s awesome being able to play with her,’ Schwarzmann said. ‘All the credit to her, she had a great season and so did Syracuse, so it’s awesome that we can all celebrate this accomplishment with each other.’Even without actually winning the award, the Orange’s return to the Tewaaraton ceremony is another important step for the program.In a season full of milestones for SU, even an individual honor is a reflection on the team.‘It really does reflect on them because of how well we’ve done, you don’t get recognized for this award unless your team does well,’ Tumolo said. ‘They are the reason why I’m here today and Alyssa Murray and all the other girls are doing so well and they’re just as deserving.’And for women’s lacrosse as a whole, four junior finalists means that next season could be more exciting than any other as the sport continues to grow.‘Lacrosse is really starting to step up and become a bigger thing and it’s awesome that it’s spreading and becoming more known,’ Schwarzmann said.So Tumolo still has another shot at the award. And with nearly every major contributor on offense, with the exception of Sarah Holden, returning next season, the core that Tumolo credits for her success remains almost entirely intact.Schwarzmann too should be right back in the conversation, too. After being named a finalist in the past two seasons, she will enter the 2013 season as one of the nation’s best once again.And that means that Tumolo can make the final chapter of the friendly rivalry with Schwarzmann hers.‘She still has got another year, so I’ve got another year, too,’ Tumolo said. ‘… I play with her on the U.S. team, too, so it’s an awesome experience.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2